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by Fletch
Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do You Avoid Advertisements & Commercials?
Replies: 84
Views: 4797

Re: Do You Avoid Advertisements & Commercials?

Apple MacBook: Wipr plus Lockdown plus DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials. Work well. Sometimes will run into a site that requires disabling Lockdown momentarily for a pop-up to function.
by Fletch
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How are you spending Valentine's day?
Replies: 64
Views: 3924

Re: How are you spending Valentine's day?

Talked to daughter after her first colonoscopy. Said she was aware of everything that went on. Crappy anesthesiologist! :annoyed
by Fletch
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirement: Filling the time?
Replies: 96
Views: 10531

Re: Retirement: Filling the time?

I am now two full months into my “semi-retirement” experiment. I’m bored. So, so bored. Interesting podcast on how we have forgotten the art of reveling in "leisure time". https://www.whitehorseinn.org/show/virtue-signaling-the-culture-of-busyness/ What once used to the the gift to the rich, now is...
by Fletch
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I crazy to consider quitting my job?
Replies: 128
Views: 14126

Re: Am I crazy to consider quitting my job?

My perspective: There is NOTHING more important than loving parents raising their children and teaching the family values that are important to the parents. That means if you can spend time with them showing you care, you value their activities by being there, you are there for the bumps and bruises...
by Fletch
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car oil change time
Replies: 8
Views: 842

Re: Car oil change time

If you drive that little, go electric. It would break my heart to change oil with less than 1000 miles regardless of time interval. Just seems massively wasteful. Most used oil is recycled, not really wasted. The main thing "wasted" would be about like wasting a few dollars a month at Starbucks. :h...
by Fletch
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Potential new job - longish post
Replies: 29
Views: 1728

Re: Potential new job - longish post

Add me to the "no" list on the new higher risk with no obvious big reward category. :sharebeer
by Fletch
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Optometrist vs Independent Office Eye dr
Replies: 42
Views: 2924

Re: Costco Optometrist vs Independent Office Eye dr

tomd37 wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:28 pm
If I had never been to an eye doctor for an examination, I would consider my eye health as my primary concern over the cost and I would schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist.
Plus 1000 to the infinity power!
by Fletch
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Our little girl is turning one soon!
Replies: 47
Views: 3492

Re: Our little girl is turning one soon!

For a one (and two and three and maybe more) year old ..... pictures. Stuff is ephemeral and only makes the giver feel good. Kind of like virtue signaling but with good intentions. I do like the tree idea though. Harder to dump the tree in the trash or recycle bin after the "plastic stuff" gets to l...
by Fletch
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time to get a bearded dragon?!
Replies: 57
Views: 4625

Re: Time to get a bearded dragon?!

Salmonella. Really? They are going to look at it through a glass case not carrying it around in there mouths. They would have a better chance of getting salmonella from bagged lettuce or raw chicken. Yes, really. FWIW, I would not choose raw chicken or bagged lettuce for a pet either. :sharebeer
by Fletch
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any reason to not buy this car?
Replies: 66
Views: 5033

Re: Any reason to not buy this car?

OP I am close to your age. My priorities, in order, in vehicles are now safety, safety, safety, comfort, comfort, bells and whistles. Performance is now down the list but still important if the top priorites are thoroughly satisified. Short version: Whatever remains of my days on this planet are mor...
by Fletch
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do YOU make coffee?
Replies: 266
Views: 17612

Re: How do YOU make coffee?

Two research studies show that YOU should drink filtered coffee. Filtered coffee, but not boiled coffee, may help prevent development of Type II diabetes: Link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191219214147.htm I only recommend you read the article :P Thankfully, I like filtered coffee...
by Fletch
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Irrational Fear of Injury in Small Car?
Replies: 124
Views: 8247

Re: Irrational Fear of Injury in Small Car?

1) Your car is safe already with airbags, antilock breaks, seat belt, crumple zones, and probably electronic stabilization. Sure it is not the safest car on the road, but as someone mentioned, unless you are driving a tank, it will never be the safest on the road. This is not a good reason to get a...
by Fletch
Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please vote for a car option
Replies: 57
Views: 4597

Re: Please vote for a car option

4. But only from a reputable dealer. Check your friends, neighbors, possibly on line forums for input.
by Fletch
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer issue Help!
Replies: 4
Views: 577

Re: Computer issue Help!

I had this happen a couple of times after an operating system update. Deleted the "Recovered files" folder after letting it sit on the desktop for a couple days. No issues. Hope the same would be true for you. Good luck. There should be a pdf in the folder that expains what the Recovered Files are.
by Fletch
Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which iPhone would you buy today?
Replies: 102
Views: 7563

Re: Which iPhone would you buy today?

Apple 11 ProMax. I use my phone for many, many different tasks. Why the 11 ProMax? For the same reason I sometimes eat at a steakhouse rather than McDonalds, eat shrimp instead of beans, drive something other than a beater, have a wonderful wife who is the love of my life, and hear the word from the...
by Fletch
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apps or structured program for reading the Bible?
Replies: 36
Views: 2201

Re: Apps or structured program for reading the Bible?

Of course. The app I use is called YouVersion Bible. Free download to your phone. Pick your format (KJV, NIV, etc) and pick your reading plan. I did the bible in a year canonical. You could also do chronological. Many different plans available. I like the YouVersion App, use it daily. I have used t...
by Fletch
Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Soundbar for TV vs. bluetooth receiver connected to old stereo?
Replies: 27
Views: 2190

Re: Soundbar for TV vs. bluetooth receiver connected to old stereo?

I have an 11 year old Sony Bravia 55" flatscreen. I recently bought a Polk Signa S2 soundbar with bluetooth connected subwoofer ($130) which has digital optical input from the TV, HDMI feedback to the TV, and bluetooth. The TV HDMI input is not "ARC". TV sound via the soundbar "drops" for a second o...
by Fletch
Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water heater - am I getting ripped off
Replies: 58
Views: 4594

Re: Water heater - am I getting ripped off

February 2013. Replaced 50 gal 40,000 BTU input natural gas hot water heater with Bradford-White 75 gal, 70,000 BTU input, 6 year warranty - $1506. Replaced vent duct, installed new water shut-off valve, expansion tank, soldered all connections and associated copper plumbing. Replaced catch pan that...
by Fletch
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to replace my 2010 Q5 with
Replies: 39
Views: 2516

Re: What to replace my 2010 Q5 with

We have a 2018 Q5 - love it after 14k miles. Also a 2012 Volvo XC60 turbo - love it too after 66k miles, no issues, just the routine wearables - tires, battery, brakes and a few other odds and ends. Both were purchased new.
by Fletch
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you paying for car, home and umbrella insurance?
Replies: 35
Views: 2745

Re: What are you paying for car, home and umbrella insurance?

What are you paying for car, home and umbrella liability insurance? I have 2 old cars with only liability insurance, a $300K house, and $2M umbrella liability. I am paying $187/month. Am I paying too much? Seems a bit high. Mid-Atlantic area with 2 newer vehicles, a more expensive house and a large...
by Fletch
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow tires
Replies: 54
Views: 4253

Re: Snow tires

TLA is the worst. :wink:
by Fletch
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is this sound in the house?
Replies: 37
Views: 5066

Re: What is this sound in the house?

You might check your bathroom exhaust fan vents, wherever they exit the house, as a possible entry point for critters. We had a blackbird cleverly lifting the exterior flapper allowing it to enter the exhaust duct. We could hear the bird moving around over the bathroom ceiling. So, even though the ...
by Fletch
Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric shavers - foil vs rotary
Replies: 24
Views: 2267

Re: Electric shavers - foil vs rotary

I read somewhere that electric shavers might pose a health risk due to electromagnetic force waves. I’m not sure that this applies to only old-school “plug in” electric shavers with a cord, or if this includes today’s battery powered shavers. Is this just internet hype, or is there any truly recogn...
by Fletch
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas cap door on a 1995 Chevrolet cavalier has a problem
Replies: 24
Views: 1563

Re: Gas cap door on a 1995 Chevrolet cavalier has a problem

iamblessed wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:25 pm
I thought about epoxying some magnets to it to keep it closed. I don't know if this is safe?
Why do you think that would not be safe?
by Fletch
Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are Really Large Battery Brands Fungible?
Replies: 29
Views: 3661

Re: Are Really Large Battery Brands Fungible?

I replaced my sump pump original battery (it was a rather uncommon size, maybe a 27 or 31, I can't remember) with a very common group 24 marine battery from Costco. I think it was $60 - $70 a few years ago. The group 24 had almost the capacity characteristics of the original and was physically a bit...
by Fletch
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why so many iPhones??? Why did you pick it? Why do you upgrade it?
Replies: 156
Views: 11871

Re: Why so many iPhones??? Why did you pick it? Why do you upgrade it?

1. Why did you choose an iPhone? 2. How often do you upgrade? 3. Why did you upgrade? 1. My wife and I have had iPhones since the 4. My first Apple laptop (a work machine) was 1991. I have two personal Apple laptops presently (mid-2009 MacBook Pro which still works fine but will not run the last fe...
by Fletch
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 10067

Re: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion

Downloaded 13.0 when first available for iPhone 7+. Notes app on phone stopped syncing to iCloud. Scrolling is frequently jerky. :annoyed It is probably not actually true that the Notes app isn't syncing to iCloud, it's that it's syncing in an updated format that can't be read by iOS 12 devices or ...
by Fletch
Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 10067

Re: Apple iPhone iOS 13 Discussion

Downloaded 13.0 when first available for iPhone 7+. Notes app on phone stopped syncing to iCloud. Scrolling is frequently jerky. :annoyed
by Fletch
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What generalist books attempt to explain human nature?
Replies: 39
Views: 3016

Re: What generalist books attempt to explain human nature?

The Bible. In addition to what has been said about Genesis and Judges, Ecclesiastes points out how nothing much changes when man depends only on himself.
by Fletch
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seasoned retirees...
Replies: 52
Views: 5051

Re: Seasoned retirees...

That the greatest luxury in the world is the ability to spend your time as you choose, with whom you choose, without the need to earn a living. With this luxury in your possession, the desire for other luxuries recede below the horizon. Very well said and I agree 100% (retired in 2001). The freedom...
by Fletch
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?
Replies: 326
Views: 50528

Re: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?

In answer to the topic question - No. I retired in 2001. Now I'll speculate. I suspect that the type of person who is relatively self-reliant, self-motivated and enjoys freedom will have no trouble with retirement; they will almost always come up with activities that are productive, fun, and enjoyab...
by Fletch
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing brake pads in a Honda CRV 125,000 miles
Replies: 34
Views: 2639

Re: Replacing brake pads in a Honda CRV 125,000 miles

In my experience OEM parts are best, regardless of who does the work; minimize potential for squeal, crappy wear. Personally, I'd go to the dealer even though I've done it my self multiple times.
by Fletch
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 10 Year Cost of Owning My CR-V
Replies: 41
Views: 4003

Re: 10 Year Cost of Owning My CR-V

Here is another comparison for just over 7 years of ownership: 2012 Volvo XC60 T6 (300 hp) AWD Platinum Edition Total Maint from 7Aug2012 ($) 2706 (Major items: 4 tires, 1 battery, repair back seat fold down latch assembly; cost for all scheduled maintenance - including oil/filters/wipers/brakes/ins...
by Fletch
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn mower
Replies: 25
Views: 2640

Re: Lawn mower

I have had only three lawn mowers since 1972 all used about 35-40 weeks/year at 5 different properties in 3 different states. First: Lawn Boy 20 or 21 inch, 2-cycle engine, push only, not self-propelled. Used about 1 hr/week. Lasted until about 1993. Second: Honda HRX21 (I forget exact model), self-...
by Fletch
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1) What age did you have your teen get a driver's license?
Replies: 48
Views: 2269

Re: 1) What age did you have your teen get a driver's license?

Our two teens each obtained a driver's license at age 16, as soon as eligible. I do not remember the impact on insurance rates but it was not huge; that was several decades ago. When I received my license, also at age 16, there was a two week waiting period between obtaining a learner's permit and f...
by Fletch
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy new or used cars?
Replies: 183
Views: 21489

Re: Do you buy new or used cars?

I buy new. But, as soon as I drive off the lot, if I have obtained a loan to finance the vehicle, I am paying for a used car. You can decide if I am buying new or used. :D
by Fletch
Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle Safety Ratings
Replies: 11
Views: 929

Re: Vehicle Safety Ratings

I think this site provided useful information to consider when purchasing a vehicle:

https://informedforlife.org/viewartcl.php?index=167
by Fletch
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole Bean Coffee: Worth the effort?
Replies: 89
Views: 6118

Re: Whole Bean Coffee: Worth the effort?

The Costco in our area sells Mayorga "Cafe Cubano" whole beans, 2 lb bag. Excellent for our tastes, probably one of the best I've tried. Bought a Capresso burr grinder and worth every penny in comparison to the blade type cheapie we had before; makes a noticable improvement in taste. We gave a Capre...
by Fletch
Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Acura RDX vs Audi Q5
Replies: 98
Views: 10781

Re: Acura RDX vs Audi Q5

In August 2017 my wife was looking for a car to replace her 1996 Volvo 850 Turbo Sedan. We looked at and drove the Acura RDX and MDX, Lexus RX and NX, Subaru Forester and Outback, Ford Edge and Escape, Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4, Volvo XC60 and XC90, and Audi Q3 and Q5. We picked the Q5, a soon to be 2 ...
by Fletch
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Survived the First Week [of retirement, what's next?]
Replies: 70
Views: 10144

Re: Survived the First Week [of retirement, what's next?]

As others have said, everyone is unique. My comments: I retired at about age 56. I am the type of person who trusts myself to never (OK, almost never) be bored as it is within my capability and my responsibility to come up with something that benefits others and self. Since I retired, I have taken m...
by Fletch
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Am I falling into the trap of judging everything through cost lens?
Replies: 51
Views: 5150

Re: Am I falling into the trap of judging everything through cost lens?

When buying most any item I try to balance four things: price, quality, service by the seller, and ease of use. Depending on the item I'm buying and my current and anticipated future needs, one or two of the four may have higher priority.
by Fletch
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco or Sam's Club?
Replies: 134
Views: 10235

Re: Costco or Sam's Club?

I prefer Costco for QUALITY of merchandise and food and SERVICE (ease of returning items if necessary), the main important variables for me. Not that Sam's is bad, just that Costco is better. I also am satisfied with Costco PRICES; they may not be the absolute lowest but are good enough. I also like...
by Fletch
Sat May 04, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of Replacement A/C would you get ??
Replies: 59
Views: 6960

Re: What kind of Replacement A/C would you get ??

I do not have a clue WHICH & WHAT KIND of A/C UNIT to replace my 19 yr old Single Stage 10 Seer with ?? On looking up A/Cs on google many threads recommend a 2 stage outside unit & a variable speed Fan motor inside unit. Our A/C guy who was recommended by a friend as a honest, no frills , no BS guy...
by Fletch
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you solicit 360 degree feedback?
Replies: 20
Views: 1772

Re: How do you solicit 360 degree feedback?

In ancient history times (about 15-20 years ago prior to my retirement) my company used them among my work team, which had a high trust atmosphere among its six or so members, boss included. We just sat around the table and gave each other feedback every year or so. Of course, the most valuable feed...
by Fletch
Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a Men’s Electric Shaver?
Replies: 18
Views: 2913

Re: Recommendations for a Men’s Electric Shaver?

Another vote here for the Braun 7 Series. Head lasts about 18 months, costs about $30. Bought the razor at Costco 4 or 5 years ago for about $125. Very easy to clean with liquid detergent and water every week or two with brush cleaning in between. I do not have the model with the Braun cleaning syst...
by Fletch
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn care schedule
Replies: 83
Views: 8729

Re: Lawn care schedule

Don't forget to check for grubs and apply the appropriate preventative/curative. I had to reseed almost an entire lawn about 10 years ago when I forgot about the grubs. :oops: See the Scotts website or just use "DuckDuckGo" to search (I try to stay away from Google products. :D ).
by Fletch
Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with turbo >100,000 mi
Replies: 29
Views: 2712

Re: Experience with turbo >100,000 mi

Synthetic oil of the manufacturers recommend viscosity is required with turbos. Nothing to be scared of, just keep in mind the synthetic oil rule and let the engine idle down a few seconds before cutting off the ignition. Once your engine shuts off, your turbo no longer gets oil even though the imp...
by Fletch
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 year old tires installed (Sam's club). Should I do anything about this?
Replies: 104
Views: 9459

Re: 3 year old tires installed (Sam's club). Should I do anything about this?

ponyboy wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:57 am
Ive never heard of this "six" year rule for tires. Who makes this stuff up?
http://www.tiresafetygroup.com/tires-ex ... six-years/